Gallatin County Hiring Mental Health Specialists to Help with 911 Calls

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First responders are often asked to help people in the midst of severe mental health issues. A new Gallatin County program is hiring mental health experts to help when someone calls 911 in the midst of a crisis. “This is kind of the new face of how we respond to emergencies,” Michael Foust said Tuesday. Foust is the regional director for Western Montana Mental Health Center Gallatin. They’re teaming up with Gallatin County law enforcement for a program that will allow mental health to be addressed directly in emergency calls. The professionals will join police in responding directly to the caller’s location. They’ll help assess the person at the scene, preventing needless rides to the county jail.

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